From Downtown Jacksonville, take Union Street to the Mathews Bridge to the Arlington Expressway to the flyover exit for the Southside Connector. Take the connector to Merrill Road and turn right. Merrill Road becomes Fort Caroline Road in approximately 1/2 mile. Continue on Fort Caroline Road, passing through the stoplight at the intersection of Fort Caroline Road and Monument Road. The next left turn is signed for Fort Caroline National Memorial.
At the settlement of la Caroline, French settlers struggled for survival in a new world. Many sought religious freedom in a new land, while others were soldiers or tradesmen starting a new life. The climactic battles fought here between the French and Spanish marked the first time that European nations fought for control of lands in what is now the United States. It would not be the last time.